Yoga for a Healthy Back


This class is taught by:

Jacqueline Johnson

Jacque (EdD, RYT-500) has been practicing yoga since 1976, and after much coaxing began teaching in 1992. She teaches several styles of yoga, primarily Sivananda and more recently Viniyoga. She also teaches vinyasa flow, restorative, Vipassana meditation, guided imagery meditation, and yoga therapy. She has been an academic in health behavior, health psychology, and health promotion for 15 years. As an academic, Jacque has collaborated on research investigating the changes in brain activity during specific elements of yoga. She was also one of the developers of a 200hr yoga teacher training of a university curriculum as a minor. She has recently moved to NC from DC, and is excited to inspire others on their journey towards a fulfilling life.

Linda Martinez

Linda graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in sociology/anthropology; received a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She is currently the engineering and computer science information specialist in Duke University's Perkins Library.

Her interest in teaching yoga grew from her diagnosis of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006. As her yoga practice deepened, she is convinced that the physical and mental benefits of yoga contributed to her RA's remission.

Linda received her 200 hour yoga certification through OM Yoga. She has earned a Certificates of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors and Yoga of Awareness for Cancer from Duke Integrative Medicine. Her particular interests are in working with students who are new to yoga, or students who have physical issues that lead them to believe that yoga is not available to them. Among her classes are students who are living with cancer and others who have suffered from trauma. There is a yoga practice for every one and every body. Yoga is not about what you can't do, it is all about what you can do.

Lynn Maguire

Lynn added yoga to her repertoire of chronic pain management strategies in 2007 and then started thinking about how to follow her career as a Duke professor of environmental science with something that didn’t involve sitting at the computer for the rest of her life – yoga teacher! In January 2014 she completed her 200 hr certification at Blue Point Yoga, with Sarah Trelease from Portland, Oregon, and BPY’s own Sara Doyle as instructors. She has since earned a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine and attended workshops on yoga injuries and their prevention and on yoga for a healthy back. She is most interested in adapting yoga for those who believe they are too old, too stiff, too weak, too fat, or too something else to do yoga – not true! Since completing her training she has enjoyed teaching yoga for beginners, for the desk-bound, and for older adults with a range of sensory and physical limitations.
This class focuses on gentle strengthening and stretching exercises with the aim of improving mobility and stability of the vertebral column and back muscles. It is appropriate for all levels of students. Those with existing back problems are encouraged to attend with consent from their physician.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Jan 19 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Jacqueline Johnson
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Jan 26 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Feb 02 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Feb 09 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Feb 16 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Feb 23 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Mar 02 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Mar 09 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Mar 16 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Mar 23 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Mar 30 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Apr 06 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Apr 13 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Apr 20 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat Apr 27 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat May 04 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat May 11 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Sat May 18 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace